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BOM weather stations around Perth

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Created by POGster 7 months ago, 31 Jul 2023
POGster
6 posts
31 Jul 2023 1:19PM
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Hey all. I was disappointed to see that BOM has shut down live wind reports from Ocean Reef. To make things worse, now the Hillarys station is also off line. In typical style, the BOM web site gives no useful information about it. Has anyone heard what is happening?

GPA
WA, 2519 posts
2 Aug 2023 12:28AM
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Ocean Reef down due to the marina works?

Bugger either way... I use both.

POGster
6 posts
2 Aug 2023 8:00AM
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Yep, plus the one at Swanbourne. I recall a few years ago, the Swanbourne one was out of action for nearly a year. At no point did BOM put anything on their site to let the public know what was happening. I sent an email to enquire, and after a few weeks they replied "It will be back in action sometime in the next few months."

I haven't tried again, because their site says their on line enquiry form is not working at present!

POGster
6 posts
2 Aug 2023 10:31PM
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Oops, I just realised it wasn't the Swanbourne weather station, but the Cottesloe swell buoy that was out of action for months, so it was DOT not BOM keeping us in the dark at that time. In any case, you would expect better communication from our so-called public servants. Surely if something in your organisation is broken, it's only common courtesy to let your customers know what is happening.

WACruizer
117 posts
3 Aug 2023 5:42PM
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Yep. I wrote to them and got this reply:
"This message is to notify you that your enquiry to the Bureau of Meteorology # CAS-XXXXX-XXXXXX has been resolved."

However, it hasn't been resolved! Hillarys and Ocean Reef are both still down with no explanation. Rottnest is back online, but Seabreeze don't seem to collect the data???


POGster
6 posts
20 Sep 2023 1:11PM
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I have an update. I emailed BOM yesterday, and got a reply today, so all credit to them.

The Ocean Reef weather station was removed as part of the redevelopment. They haven't selected a site for the new one yet, and once they do, one would expect it will be ages before it's installed and operational.

The good news is that the Hillarys station is expected to be back in operation on October 27. Yay!

GPA
WA, 2519 posts
21 Sep 2023 9:05AM
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They could install the Ocean Reef station on the Volunteer Sea Rescue building - I am sure the boaties want the service back too...?! Or is that where it used to be installed?

tightlines
WA, 3459 posts
24 Sep 2023 11:55AM
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GPA said..
They could install the Ocean Reef station on the Volunteer Sea Rescue building - I am sure the boaties want the service back too...?! Or is that where it used to be installed?




Im fairly sure that's where it was.

The kitesurfing instructor at Pinnaroo Point has a wind meter but unfortunately only when he is there i.e. it's usually windy.


www.kitebud.com.au/wind

POGster
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8 Dec 2023 7:01AM
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Another update folks. Mixed news though, some good, some bad, some weird. Firstly, the new Ocean Reef weather station is up and running. Secondly, they still haven't got the one at Hilarys going. And finally, the one at Swanbourne is sending wind speed, but not direction.

Mind you, not that we've had much in the way of swell and banks to make use of favourable wind. Looks like another pretty lean summer ahead.

GPA
WA, 2519 posts
10 Dec 2023 1:33PM
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....^^^ I think I have forgotten how to surf it's been that long... just swan 2.2km laps to try and keep the shoulders going just on the off chance that there is a day when we have waves (shared with 10,000 of your best mates).



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